The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly gang-raped by six young men, including five of her schoolmates, says one of the alleged assailants have offered her money to settle the matter out of court.
The woman, who lives in eastern St. Vincent, told iWitness News, on Wednesday, that the man has communicated the offer through a third party, even as police are yet to make an arrest in connection with the Nov. 21 case.
The woman said it is alleged that it is not the first time that that particular man, who is no longer in school, was accused of participating in a gang rape.
She said that while she is a poor woman, she is not looking for money and wants charges brought against the men who allegedly violated her daughter.
The woman said that since the incident her daughter has been behaving “hazy, hazy” and appears to no longer know how to relate to people.
“Come like she is stressing out,” the mother told iWitness News.
“Me feel bad… Ah four guys and they tek picture. She say one hold she foot and one hold she hand,” the mother said, recounting some of the details of the alleged rape.
“Up to now, the boys them ain’t charge,” the mother said, adding that her daughter is seeing a counselor and the school had told her to take the rest of the term off.
“She is not eating. She is just a pick, pick,” the mother told iWitness News.
Sources familiar with the case tell iWitness News that both physician and a psychologist have concluded that the girl is neither in physical or mental health to continue her education at this time.
The five alleged rapists who are students are said to be between 15 and 18 years old and in Forms 3 to 5.
The other alleged rapist turns 21 in December and is a former student of another secondary school in eastern St. Vincent, sources tell iWitness News. He is said to be the son of a businessman and a police officer.
The alleged victim is a Form 2 student.
The alleged gang rape is said to have occurred at a popular business place in the eastern St. Vincent, which was not open to the public at the time.
The business place is said to be owned by the father of the oldest of the alleged rapists, who is said to be the leader of the gang.
The younger man is said to have access to his father’s business place.
On the date in question, the alleged rape victim and a female friend were reportedly walking in the evening, when one of her schoolmates, a Form 4 student, lured them to the property, where the other men were waiting.
They gave the victim something to drink and when she reportedly refused, they forced her to drink it.
The girl is said to have alleged the men then pressured her into having sex with them, but she declined and attempted to leave.
Two of the young men are said to have held her arms while another two forcibly removed her pants and underwear.
They locked the door, locking the victim’s female friend outside the room while one young man covered the victim’s mouth and kept threatening her, telling her not to scream.
The young men went on to rape the girl, with the leader of the group, said to be the non-student, telling the girl’s friend who is in Form four that he (the friend), should go first.
It is alleged that the gang leader and the girl’s female friends made separate recordings of the incident.
Three of the other young men took turns raping her, while one kept his hand over her mouth, one kept holding her hands and the others kept holding her legs in turn, a source familiar with the case told iWitness News.
After some time, the gang released their victim and opened the door to let the other female back inside.
The other girl took her friend to wash off herself and assisted her in getting dressed.
The young men threatened them and told them not to tell anyone about what had happened.
However, the victim’s friends accompanied her home and the victim, reportedly did not say anything to her mother, but complained that she was unwell.
The victim’s friend, however, when asked what had happened, showed her friend’s mother the video she had made of the incident.
The alleged rapists are said to have gone to school as usual on the Monday after the incident, which had been reported to the Ministry of Education and the principal of the school.
The alleged victim also attended class, but was, however, very shaken and tearful and said that her schoolmates had taunted her.
The girl then asked to be excused from school and was taken for counseling.
The girl’s friend who reportedly witnessed the rape has not been attending classes regularly since the incident, sources say.
On Nov. 26, the five students who were allegedly involved in the rape were suspended from school for 10 days, “pending investigation”.
Since the incident, some villagers have accused the girl of “giving the boys sex” and then trying to use the incident to extort money from the families of the alleged assailants, sources say.